Alcohol Fuelled Violence

Alcohol fuelled violence has not been taken seriously by police or the public. Critically discuss and include in your answer at least one policing strategy for addressing this problem.

Alcohol fuelled violence ‘has’ been taken seriously by police and public in recent years. The introduction of new strategies, zero tolerance and community awareness have all helped towards fixing the problem. Unfortunately there is strong evidence of an association between the consumption of alcohol and violence (Graham & Homel 2008). The rates of physical and verbal abuse by a person affected by alcohol were more than twice the rate for other drug types. In addition, more than one-third of victims (38%) had consumed alcohol themselves at the time of the incident. This is consistent with evidence that shows that a significant proportion of violent offences are committed by and committed against people who have been drinking or are intoxicated (Plant, Plant & Thornton 2002). But in recent years evidence shows that the public and police have been taking alcohol-fuelled violence seriously, this is evident via strategies and new laws that are being created. The Police in Australia devote a significant amount of resources to responding to incidents involving people who are intoxicated. Recent research estimated that around 10 percent of police time was dedicated to dealing with alcohol-related incidents, of which the most common was responding to assaults (Donnelly et al 2007). Dealing with each assault takes an average of more than two hours and as such, places a significant burden on police resources (Donnelly et al 2007). The total cost to policing across Australia from crime attributable to alcohol is around $747m annually.

In 2007, NT police and partner agencies began a process to develop a multi-agency response to antisocial behaviour in each of the major regions of the Northern Territory. A problem-oriented approach
To these issues was taken, where a focus was placed on...